The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas

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Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) is proudly producing a Texas original musical, The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, running June 5 – 17 at the Hobby Center for The Performing Arts.

It's all big songs and big hair in this sassy, spirited musical about a real-life brothel in Texas. Based on the "Chicken Ranch", the infamous, long-running house of ill repute, this tongue-in-cheek story chronicles Miss Mona Stangley, a classy yet brassy madam with a heart of gold, as her "business" becomes the center of a media controversy.  Thrusting the Chicken Ranch into the spotlight is Melvin P. Thorpe, a loud-mouthed reporter based on Houston's own late Marvin Zindler.  Spicing up the story line is a hot-headed, trigger-happy town sheriff, the Texas A&M football team, and Miss Mona's risqué girls. The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas will be a feisty, fun-filled treat that includes favorites such as "A Lil' Ole Bitty Pissant Country Place" and "Hard Candy Christmas".

TUTS will offer special events in conjunction with the show to make for an unforgettable musical experience:

  • "The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas" Film Screening at Sundance Cinemas:  Tuesday, May 29 at7 p.m.
    • Join TUTS for a free screening of the classic movie starring Dolly Parton at the recently opened movie theater in downtown Houston's Bayou Place.
  • Texas Size VIP Experience:  Tuesday, June 5 – Sunday, June 17
    • Take your night of theatre from "one small thrill" to the ultimate VIP experience with stage-side, cabaret-style seating, artisan beers and gourmet snacks.  Visit to purchase tickets.
  • Culture + Cuisine: Tuesday, June 5 – Sunday, June 17
    • Make it the perfect night with a delicious dinner before the show.  Enjoy special pricing on a set 3 course meal followed by an orchestra level seat.  A shuttle is available on request to travel between the partner restaurants and Hobby Center.  These dinner packages are available in conjunction with all evening performances.
    • For more information or to purchase a dinner package, visit or call the box office at 713-558-8887.
  • Saint Arnold's Brewing Company's "Best Little Whorehouse" Pre-Party:  Thursday, June 7 at5 p.m.
    • Miss Mona invites y'all out to Saint Arnold Brewery (2000 Lyons Avenue) for a little down home Texas hospitality. Guests will sample some of the finest brews this side of Seguin while strolling through the brewery and nibbling on appetizers from the Spaghetti Warehouse.  Transportation between St. Arnold's Brewery and Hobby Center will be provided.  Visit for more information.
  • OUT@TUTS Post-Show Cast Party: Thursday, June 7
    • A post-show, cabaret-style event at Artista Restaurant for TUTS' GLBT friends.  Visit for more information.

Tickets (starting at only $24) are available on-line at, by phone at (713) 558-TUTS (8887), outside the Houston area at (888) 558-3882, or in person at the Theatre Under The Stars Box Office, located at 800 Bagby at Walker, Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Saturday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.  An audio described performance is available Sunday, June 17 at 2 p.m.; open captioning is available Sunday, June 17 at 7:30 p.m. The Hobby Center is wheelchair accessible.  Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more.  Group tickets may be purchased by calling (713) 558-8888 or via email at

TUTS' presentation of The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas is made possible by the generosity of The Humphreys Foundation.

Theatre Under The Stars' 2011-2012 Seeing Is Believing season is generously sponsored by St. Luke's Episcopal Health System. For all of TUTS' shows, air transportation is provided byUnited Airlines, the official airline of Theatre Under The Stars. Media sponsors include ABC-13 andHouston Chronicle.  Season support is funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Theater District Association and theTexas Commission on the Arts.

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) is Houston's acclaimed nonprofit musical theatre company whose mission is to enrich life through the experience of quality musical theatre and to positively impact lives beyond the stage through innovative education & community outreach programs.  TUTS was the first theatrical organization in Houston to perform free to the public when it was founded in 1968 at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park and is the only Houston arts organization that has performed there free to the public every year since the theatre opened.  Founded by Frank M. Young and currently under the direction of President and CEO John C. Breckenridge, TUTS has produced more than 300 musicals including many local, national and world premieres such as Kopit and Yeston's Phantom, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Jekyll & Hyde, and Irving Berlin's White Christmas as well as critically acclaimed re-inventions of classics Cabaret andLes Miserables.  Through its membership in the Independent Presenters Network, TUTS has helped bring Bombay Dreams, 9 to 5, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Spamalot,Legally Blonde, Ragtime, Curtains and The Color Purple to Broadway and ultimately back to Houston audiences.

In support of TUTS' mission, TUTS Education programs provide instruction and stage experience for more than 21,000 students annually, allowing them to flourish in a year-round schedule of classes.  TheHumphreys School of Musical Theatre (HSMT) offers technique-driven classes for all ability levels and ages, ranging from four to adult.  Through a merger with The River Performing and Visual Arts Center (The River), TUTS provides an accessible and inclusive arts education for children of all abilities that will enhance their development into confident, balanced individuals.  TUTS Education provides extended on-site programming as well as off-site programming for children in schools, hospitals and other community-based sites.  TUTS also annually presents the Tommy Tune Awards, honoring the best and brightest in Houston's high school musical theatre programs.